Pre dawn start with temps in the 30's and dead batteries in the head lamp. The cell phone sufficed for the first 20 minutes until daylight.
We warmed up with the uphill on the Spring Valley Trail
with the sun rising. This is a real nice trail to take with the sun rising over Lake Pleasant.
Dropping into Garfias Wash
, we seemed to loose about 10 degrees of temperature. This is an easy wash walk with interesting geology. Some may not like the need to empty the sand out of your shoes occasionally (like BoeJartels)
We got to an area that we practiced Safety First and Joe waited, while I scoped out a bit farther towards Hell Canyon.
Back to pick up Joe and headed up the unnamed side canyon we'd been in a few times before. I remembered there being one area of concern for our Safety First campaign. Slow and steady and we made our way up the 12' dry fall. Oops, forgot about the second one. The best we could do on this one, was safety second. With a bit of time and patience, 20'er negotiated.
The climb to Governors
Peak from our angle was steep but straightforward. Great views for lunch. First lunch I can remember where we could see the end of the hike and truck, some 3 miles away.
Governors Peak 360
[ youtube video ]
Great day in Hell.
No Burros sighted, we were brayed twice.